Everywhere we turn there’s more evidence that the Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems are being taxed by the way many of the world’s cultures live, work, play and travel.
There’s also an abundance of evidence that businesses, communities, and individuals have the power and technology to make more sustainable choices in the quest to have a more positive impact on the planet.
Although it was once thought that these choices would be detrimental and costly, most organizations are discovering that what is sustainable is also cost effective and efficient. In addition, companies are finding their brands are benefiting and their employees are more engaged than ever before.
You want to be a part of this transition to a cleaner, more sustainable world. You want to find the best way to use your talents and expertise to make a difference.
The Sweet Spot
To have the impact you want to have, you must identify the sweet spot where your skills and interests overlap with the green, sustainable economy and with your local economy.
Without a clear career focus, you’ll be spinning in every part of your transition.
• Figuring out how to focus your exploration of your options within the green economy
• Identifying the best training to prepare you for your new work
• Describing your goal to your network contacts and hiring managers
• Presenting yourself as a credible, highly desirable candidate.
Finding your focus is the most important step you can take as you try to choreograph your transition to a greener, more sustainable career. Clarifying your focus brings you a new level of clarity, drive and confidence that attracts networking contacts, professional opportunities, and hiring managers. In addition you’ll feel more motivated, energetic, and ready to do what it takes to make your transition.
Signs Your Green Career Focus Need Your Attention
If you are experiencing any of these scenarios, investing time in identifying your focus will be well worth your investment.
1. If you are asking others what you should do with your background or in a particular industry, you are still searching for your direction.
2. If you talk about your career focus and no one seems to know what you want to do, you aren’t there yet.
3. You think you know what you want to do, but you are still finding it hard to stay focused…or you are spending a lot of time second guessing yourself…and as a result you aren’t making much progress.
4. If you’ve identified the “hottest” or “coolest” field in your region, you may be limiting yourself because your vision is only one-dimensional.
5. You have a string of ideas and you can’t make a decision. I have good news…your green niche may be a combination of your ideas…or your ideas are examples of a higher level vision.
To achieve the most benefit, take the time to define your focus before you invest in training or attempt to ramp up your job search.